India's women's cricket team made the country proud once again by securing a 3-0 series sweep over a tougher West Indian outfit. It was a combined efforts of batters and bowlers that gave the Indian side a well deserved 15-run win in the third and final ODI at Vijaywada. Chasing India's 199 for 6 in 50 overs, the West Indies side were all out for 184 in the final over.
Their third successive win ensured India whitewashed a top-6 ranked team for the first time in 14 years. The last time Indian women's team scored a whitewash against a top opponent was in 2012 when they beat England 5-0 at home.
In fact, this is India's second successive ODI series sweep after beating Sri Lanka women's side in February.
On Wednesday, India's middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy starred with 71 and debutant Deepika Vaidya hit 32 to help India reach 199 for 6 after they were once struggling at 52 for 3 in the 21st over. With the ball, it was left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad who stifled the West Indies' run-scoring by picking up four wickets for 34 runs. The visiting side were in control of the chase at 96 for two but captain Stephanie Taylor's dismissal started their slide.
Krishnamurthy was the best batter in either side scoring 131 runs at a healthy strike rate of 80 in the three games including two fifties.
The win also acts as a balm for many players who for many months carrying the wounds of a horrendous World T20 campaign in March this year. The Indian women's team do not get to play international matches as frequently as their male counterparts and last played an ODI series in February. India had clinched the first match by 6 wickets and the second by 5 wickets, also played at the same venue.
This win means huge for women's cricket as it helps them move closer to direct qualification for the 2017 Women's World Cup and must be celebrated.
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